South Africa

Staying at a lodge in the Kruger National Park makes for a perfect three-night safari experience.

Cairngorms National Park

If one destination is a must for 2020 it has to be the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

Which side of Lake Como?

The western shore of Italy’s most celebrated and arguably most beautiful lake, is generally considered the superior one.


Hotel de la Ville located on via Sistina is Rocco Forte’s latest opening in the heart of Rome, close to the top of the Spanish Steps.


In The Maremma, the sound of cicadas singing in the trees above the pool house is the only sound interfering with the absolute peace and stillness of this remote part of Italy’s idyllic countryside.

Riviera glamour – is it lost?

Cap Ferrat is the most expensive piece of real estate on the entire French Mediterranean coast, but construction hoardings and the occasional crane mask many of the unoccupied villas lining its prime avenues.


Long-time Saint-Tropez resident Brigitte Bardot recently referred to Pampelonne as having lost its soul. In some ways she may be correct.

Vier Jahreszeiten, an impressive grande dame in affluent Hamburg

In overall terms, Germany’s cities are hardly over-endowed with either luxury or boutique hotel accommodation. Yet, in Hamburg, the grande-dame Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahretseiten bucks this trend and can rival many world-class properties in terms of comfort, atmosphere and service.

The Season

The great and the good love to frequent London’s finest hotels, dine at its most fashionable restaurants and attend key opening parties such as the Monday preview of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Luxury should not be afraid of simplicity

In a remote corner of southwest Spain, between Cádiz and Ronda, a two-hundred-acre private estate with a working farm epitomises one of our favourite phrases – luxury should not be afraid of simplicity.

April 2019 Edition

Welcome to April and springtime. In this monthly newsletter we take an overview of London, hoping to inspire you for the months ahead.


What does the discerning world-class traveller generally think of when it comes to France?

MOCA, a highlight of Bangkok

It may not be a fixture on the annual art calendar but travellers to Bangkok should not miss a visit to MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Italy is a land blessed with an exceptionally long and interesting coastline, three major beautiful lakes, the majestic and craggy Dolomite mountains, historic cities, inviting towns and villages and gorgeous offshore islands.

A year of travel for contemporary art

Many of Nota Bene Global’s clients are art collectors and some are gallerists. They travel throughout the year in pursuit of the most exciting contemporary art.

February 2019 Edition

February also means Valentine’s Day and romance. Where better to celebrate it than somewhere romantic, such as in the mountains, on a tropical beach…

Four Seasons at the Surf Club, Florida

The slick, minimalist Richard Meier-designed Four Seasons Hotel & Residences, 9011 Collins Avenue, is invariably referred to as being in Miami Beach but is actually in Surfside, Dade County, closer to Bal Harbour than Miami Beach.


It’s no longer all about South Beach with its images of roller-bladers, fitness aficionados, the Versace mansion and a host of rebranded Art Deco-style boutique hotels.

December 2018 Edition

Welcome to the final month of the year. The season of goodwill is upon us, winter is officially here, days are short and festivities are gaining momentum.

Naples, Italy’s most under-rated city

How often have we by-passed the historic city of Naples, leaving its airport in the seedy Capodichino area to the north-east of the city, en route for either Capri or the Amalfi Coast?

The Okavango Delta

As we flew above the Kalahari, its parched, desert landscape soon gave way to pods of green foliage resembling islets, some dotted with stately palms.

October 2018 Edition

October means that fall is here, the season when our thoughts focus on travel to far-flung continents and new adventures.

Getting ready for the winter season on Mustique

A gated community for the privileged is how many people think of Mustique. To an extent, this is correct. Even as you descend onto the immaculate airport strip, with its perfectly maintained tarmac, and arrive at the tiny arrivals hall it feels, shall we say, somewhat elitist.

Country House Hotel

If you are seeking the most exceptional, luxurious accommodation outside London, with top cuisine, in a gorgeous bucolic setting, we think we may have found what you are looking for. It promises to be the UK’s finest new country house hotel.

There is nothing worse than…

There is nothing worse than a hotel claiming to be the ultimate in luxury when it simply does not deliver. You know how much you loved a place by how ready you are to leave.

An exceptional Kenyan safari lodge

The great migration has finally arrived in Kenya. This exhilarating annual spectacle, when thousands of wildebeest cross the Mara river, is now underway.

August 2018 Edition

Welcome to the month of August. High summer is over and it won’t be long before August Bank Holiday in the UK and Labor Day in the US are upon us.

The Jaffa

“A nod to the Arab identity of Jaffa in what promises to become Israel’s finest hotel”

The Salento: The tip of Italy’s heel

The heel of Italy is a relatively well-kept secret. There is little in the way of inspiring scenery or architecture on the drive south from Bari to the pretty little port of Savelletri.

July 2018 Edition

Provence is basking in full 30 degree sunshine, the skies of the Aegean are vibrant blue, days are long, nights are warm and drawing in late.

A taste of Provence

There are beautiful hilltop towns and villages, rolling countryside, vineyards and gorgeous vistas. This is Provence.

June 2018 Edition

The month of June signals the start of the summer season in the UK with Royal Ascot, Henley and Wimbledon as highlight sporting and social events

The Sound & the Fury

Is there anything that annoys like noise? Given the sophistication and substantial investment in most hotel and restaurant designs, it never ceases to amaze us how many places seem to take no account of acoustics.

The Art of Travel

An appreciation of art and an eagerness to experience it first hand has long enthused international travellers and today that passion is further fuelled by an explosion of interest in contemporary art.


The Museum of Contemporary African Art, otherwise known as Zeitz MOCAA, has finally arrived in Cape Town. It is, by far, the most exciting part of the otherwise underwhelming V&A Waterfront with its shopping malls, average restaurants, lacklustre hotels and waterways reminiscent of London’s Docklands.


Though its obvious charms may be historical – its campaniles, campos, cathedrals and canals, its frankly faded grandeur – there’s a contemporary side…

Côte d’Azur

You may think you’ve been there and done that, but in our opinion the Côte d’Azur can be a place of inexhaustible pleasures. As far as we’re concerned, its appeal endures, because when you do it the right way it’s a place that makes you feel good.

Iceland: an exquisitely diverse landscape

Humpback whale-watching, heli-skiing, snowmobiling on Europe’s largest glacier, fly-fishing, hiking, sea kayaking… In Iceland, these are just a few of the wonderful activities in which you can take part.

Ritz Paris: The world’s finest hotel?

There’s a certain elegance about white flowers, especially white roses and hydrangeas set against topiary. Designer Jean Mus has created a beautiful new formal garden for Ritz Paris along one side of the gallery of boutiques. It is a triumph in urban landscape.

Lake Como’s latest hotel opening…

Of the classics, there is Grand Hotel Tremezzo, facing Bellagio in one of the finest (dual aspect) locations on the lake; or the fabled Villa d’Este at Cernobbio closer to Milan, across from the main town of Como.

Nota Bene’s six favourite Buenos Aires restaurants

Dubbed “the Paris of South America”, the striking behemoth of a city that is Buenos Aires has – much like it’s European counterpart – made a hefty name for itself thanks to its intoxicating blend…

Haute Attitude: Double-Edged Sword Or Secret Weapon?

French fashion icon Coco Chanel once famously uttered: “I don’t care what you think about me – I don’t think about you at all.” In that one succinct phrase, she encapsulated the essence of that infamous French insouciance which – whether admired or despised – has become the country’s calling card the world over.

Iconic pools

A collection of our favourite pools across the globe.

It’s the little things

It’s the tiny details and the nuances of service, which influence our judgement and form our abiding memory of a place.

The Nota Bene Point of Difference

In a digitally saturated world of so-called expert travel opinions there are few, if any, independent, impartial and unique sources. And this is why Nota Bene exists.

Petersham Nurseries

The Cafe, which takes its name from the gorgeously merchandised nurseries through which you enter, comprises an arboured courtyard with several greenhouses surrounded by plants and trees…

Italy’s finest hotel

Grand Hotel à Villa Feltrinelli, to give it its full name, was originally the private home of Bob Burns, founder of Regent Hotels. As the story goes, Bob purchased the derelict villa on Lake Garda (headquarters of Mussolini during World War II) in 1997 and set about restoring it at huge cost.